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Journalists and communicators, do you want to improve your multimedia skills and deepen your understanding of how water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) issues are interconnected? IRC and RNTC are combining their expertise to offer a 3-week course in Multimedia Journalism and WASH, November 3 – 21, 2014.
Universal access by 2030
Along with many others in the sector, IRC supported and contributed over the last couple of years to a series of dialogues to develop a shared sector vision for WASH in the post-MDG era.
We are delighted with the one page document that has now emerged and that will be the basis of the WASH sectors submission to the broader post-2015 process. While endorsing the totality of the vision, we are particularly pleased with the inclusion of an unequivocal goal of universal access to basic WASH services by 2030.
Equally, we strongly support the commitment to reduce inequalities in access.
The goals for 2030 are:
- to eliminate open defecation;
- to achieve universal access to basic drinking water, sanitation and hygiene for households, schools and health facilities;
- to halve the proportion of the population without access at home to safely managed drinking water and sanitation services; and
- to progressively eliminate inequalities in access.
More information can also be found in the more extensive document by UN Water.
WASH_post_2015.pdf (986.6 kB)
Recent large data sets from Burkina, Ghana, Mozambique and elsewhere are providing the evidence that service delivery models based on the premise of boreholes with handpumps far away from people’s homes are: 1) not sustainable 2) provide limited services 3) are in some cases more expensive that piped networks. Even very poor households prefer to invest in self-supply and clean dirty pond water than pay for cheaper operation and maintenance in further away systems. Reducing distance instead of affordability issues seems to be an important driver towards sustainability of rural water systems. IRC staff and experts debated the pros and cons.
Internet and social media can be powerful tools to tell accurate, interesting WASH stories. Eight participants from the new Multimedia Journalism and Water course of RNTC (Radio Netherlands Training Centre) and IRC concluded that at the end of their three-week stay in Hilversum. They left for home with knowledge, tools, outputs and proposals for future multimedia productions around, water, sanitation and hygiene.
Water and sanitation services a given, not a gift
On World Toilet Day, IRC advocates long term solutions for world-wide sanitation problems. “Sanitation is a fundamental human right. Yet, 2.5 billion people do not have access to sanitation”, says IRC CEO Patrick Moriarty. IRC is leading the way with our knowledge and tools. Our latest resource is SanPack, a reference guide on low-cost sanitation for non-sewered sanitation service models.
There are many technologies that can be used to improve WASH services in developing countries. But what works where? How much will it cost, will the system last? And how are services going to be maintained? IRC will be presenting four innovative tools to tackle these questions at the Aquatech Trade Exhibition in Amsterdam(5-8 November).
At SACOSAN-V in Nepal, IRC shared the WASHCost Calculator with South Asian governments and organisations working on sustainable sanitation. Kathy Shordt gave a sneak preview of the advanced tool based on an example from Venkatapuram, India.
The Water Alternatives journal (October 2013) has published a special issue on trends and developments in rural water supply. Several IRC staff members have contributed articles to this issue, some of them together with colleagues from other organisations IRC regularly works with.